THE GEOMETRY OF THE ALCHEMIST
Each of the 7 elements has a geometric structure, held by invisible forces.
The frequency, harmonic and resonance can be visualised within each chakra, and thus the journey can be experienced.
The assimilation of the inner alchemical process can be integrated and aligned upon the Spiritual Path, as taught in both Sutra and Tantra.
This is what I have represented, here.
Illuminated and Evolving - I am a work in progress and I am working in service.
It is widely understood that the alchemical process is the transmutation of lead into gold.
There is a recognised correspondence between the 7 major chakras, and their associated metals, in alignment with the alchemical geometries.
I have represented each metal by drawing the accurate atomic structure, the molecular geometry, at the centre of each mandala. In this way, the alchemist can visualise the metallic subtle structures, and adapt his inner psychological mapping to experience the process of change.
The alchemist dreams of the transmutation of a dull leaden mind into a golden consciousness, and thus we can ascend the chakra's tree.
Each operation of the alchemical process has many correspondences (seemingly abitrary, as different texts make various associations), and these are listed beneath each mandala in the following order -
Operation – Element, Planet, Day, Numerology, Influence, Yoga, Kabbalah, Mythos, Archangel, Gemstone
Root Chakra - Muladhara
LEAD – The many characteristics of lead include a high density, obvious softness, flexibility, malleability, ductility and a low electrical conductivity in comparison with other metals. Lead has been known for millennia and is mentioned in Book of Exodus. Some Alchemists believed lead to be the oldest metal and considered it the prima materia, or primal matter.
Governed by the planet Saturn, its astrological houses are Capricorn and Aquarius, with dark connections, related to both death and transformation. This toxic metal represents base impurities, thus related to the base chakra.
Lead was one of the earliest metals known to man and was widely used by the ancient Romans, Egyptians, Greek and Chinese.
Saturn with its beautiful rings, reflects the organised and strict character of this planet spirit. It is the last personal planet that can be seen with the naked eye.
Cronos, the Greek name for Saturn, is the father of time. In legend, after death the soul is weighed on scales made from lead.
Calcination – Fire, Saturn, Saturday, Monad, Limitation, Yama, Malkuth, Cronus, Cassiel, Garnet
Sacral Chakra - Svadhishthana
TIN - Tin is representative of Jupiter. It embodies wisdom, logic, education, maturity and knowledge and is believed to be the metal of the sages and scholars. It is associated with mediation, balance and a philosophical view of life.
This metal is also connected to prosperity and wealth. The popularity of tin is dated to the Bronze Age with civilizations around the world making extensive use of it. Sagittarius and Pisces are its astrological houses.
The largest of the planets in the solar system, Jupiter, is associated with the chief God of the Roman Pantheon - Jupiter. The qualities of Jupiter are, abundance, prosperity, growth and success. It is also the planet of healing, regeneration and rejuvenation.
Dissolution – Water, Jupiter, Thursday, Dyad, Expansion, Niyama, Yesod, Dionysus, Sachiel, Carnelian
Navel Chakra - Manipura
IRON - One of the most abundant elements in the universe, Iron is dominated by the planet Mars. The metal was widely used by the Asian, African and European civilizations. Iron symbolizes the male energy and is connected to physical power, aggression, growth, dependence and protection. It promotes emotions such as lust, confidence, courage, strength, stamina and resilience. It is considered to be the most ‘human’ metal and so, it is said to be distrusted by the ethereal entities and spirits.
The Warriors metal, it corresponds to emerald, its astrological houses are Aries and Scorpio. It is sacred to Jarn Saxa (Iron Dirk), Mars and Ogun, used as a ward against ghosts and spirits, strength, competition, protection, and command.
The red colour of Mars is due to the vast amounts of iron oxide on that planet. Man has always used iron and steel for tools and weapons, to serve his working power and his defence. In iron we recognize the male and active character of the war-god Mars, building and conquering himself a new world.
Separation – Air, Mars, Tuesday, Triad, Assertion, Pratyahara, Hod, Osiris, Samael, Citrine
Heart Chakra - Anahata
COPPER - Copper is ruled by the planet Venus. It is one of the oldest metals and copper metallurgy has flourished in different cultures, including the Middle Eastern, Asian, European, Central & South American and Native American.
Copper embodies the nurturing aspect of women and their youthfulness. It is associated with the matters of love & lust, and symbolizes characteristics like charisma, feminine beauty, artistic creativity, affection, caring and balance. It is also considered a healing metal that teaches about living a fulfilling life.
Ruled by Venus, and corresponds to the letter I and amethyst, is astrological houses are Taurus and Libra. It is sacred to the Goddess Oya. Use for money and fertility.
Venus is the goddess of love, beauty, art, balance, harmony and peace. Venus is the planet with the lowest rotation. The character of the planet and goddess Venus is passive, receptive, magnetic, feminine, relating, adaptation to the other one, kindness and gentleness, enjoyment.
The metal copper has a great connecting power: it easily combines with other metals and it easily transfers warmth and a good conductor of electricity (copper is commonly used in both electrical wires and water pipes).
Conjunction – Earth, Venus, Friday, Tetrad, Pleasure, Pranayama, Tifareth, Cupid, Anael, Malachite
Throat Chakra - Vishuddha
MERCURY - Associated with the planet of the same name, Mercury is an unusual metal that exists in the liquid form at room temperature. It is a toxic metal and is associated with death, mystery and transformation. It is connected with divination and scrying.
Mercury is also related to travel and movement, be it of physical or spiritual nature. The metal was known to the ancient Romans, Greeks, Hindus and Chinese. The alchemists considered it one of the 3 principal substances on Earth, along with salt and sulfur.
Fermentation – Sulfur, Mercury, Wednesday, Pentad, Inspiration, Dharana, Gevurah, Isis, Raphael, Turquoise
Third Eye Chakra - Ajna
SILVER - This is a regal metal and is connected to the Moon. It is one of the most versatile metals, one of the 3 base metals in Alchemy. It is associated with philosophical traits of intuition, self-reflection and inner wisdom. It is a feminine metal, a symbol of purity and is connected to the goddesses and spirits.
Its energies include divination, healing, protection, emotion, love, wisdom, dreams, luck and wealth. It is symbolic of attributes such as vision, clarity, awareness, focus, persistence and subtle strength. Called Luna by alchemists, Silver’s astrological house is Cancer.
Moons are celestial globes who do not have their own orbit, but who circle around a planet. The symbolic meaning of the Moon is receptivity, reaction and reflection.
The Moon acts as a mirror reflecting the light from the Sun and a mirror is just glass with a thin layer of silver. The Moon has monthly phases, lasting approximately 29.5 days, waxing to Full Moon and waning to New Moon, and her magnetic fields influence the rhythms of the tides. The Moon is further associated with femininity, motherliness, cycles and changeable emotions.
Distillation – Mercury, Moon, Monday, Hexad, Wisdom, Dhyana, Binah, Daedulus, Gabriel, Lapis Lazuli
My advice? Discover your own alchemical path. My understanding is that the more one delves into the texts and manuscripts of the past, the more confusion you will inherit. You see, we are all alchemists, it is a natural state of being, as... we all have the ability to change, and to change our immediate and extensive environment.
Many alchemists spend their time and energy looking at how others have sought the grail, and naturally feel they must follow in the prescribed footsteps, but upon examination they discover each past system varies to a degree, from one to another. No two are alike.
So, if this is the case, how can the work of a modern alchemist relate to a 16th Century path? The circumstances are not replicable, the times they are a changing, we have a digitised system of communication, and a certain sense of evolution in regard to almost every science, from metaphysics and philosophy, to medicine and electronics... So, what would the ancient alchemist do with today's parameters? They would start again, just as I have.
I spent maybe a couple of days gaining an brief overview into the great works and methods of the past masters, and quickly realised that to perform the miracle of alchemy, reading texts would not suffice. Maybe it would enable me to hold my own at the high table of philosophical debate, but that would not alter an atom of matter.
I started on day one with an open mind, and a thought of exploring a new methodology, one that I called 'Tantric Alchemy'. An integration of the works of Je Tsongkhapa and Pythagoras... Unconventional I know, but hey...
The pattern and design was inspired by the great mathematician, and the philosophy and power I humbly ascribe to the Great Yogi.
I sat down to create my first alchemical drawing. For me, no toads or symbols, but a reflection of the perfect inner Wisdom of Dharma. It did transpire at a later date that I became acquainted with a friendly dragon and toad, but this formed a part of the organic nature of my work - things come when they come.
For now as I sit awaiting the rise of the moon, upon this, a full moon day, and also a lunar eclipse, with the sun setting to my right, I watch the still ocean, in her calm silver beauty awaiting the transluscent reflection of the moon.
The sun set, and the moon rose, and later a slice of shadow graced her cheek as the eclipsing darkness kissed her side. The universe as the master alchemist, and me..? Part of the cosmic circle, one cog in the machine, but.. a cog with an intention.
My intention? Tantric Alchemy - to transmogrify my leaden heart into pure golden consciousness. I have no need to transform lead into gold, and I have declined this offer during a Solstice Rite, as I sensed the potential for greed to manifest. Because, as a result of Dharma practice I am aware of the impermanence of all things of this life, and only my mind will journey to my next life, so... to change the nature of my mind is my greatest goal - I seek Enlightenement.
Crown Chakra - Sahasrara
GOLD - The celestial body represented by Gold is the Sun. The metal was highly valued by the ancient Egyptians, Irish, Romans, Asians, Africans and Central Americans. It was believed to represent perfection and purity.
Gold was often used as offerings for the gods, for ceremonial purposes and for beautification of the chieftains’ courts. Most of the cultures across the world have seen this metal as a symbol of wealth, prosperity, authority and charisma. It was supposed to aid in healing, protection, growth and knowledge. To the Mayans Gold represented the East. The symbol for gold is Au from the Latin ‘aurum’ meaning shining dawn. The weight of gold is expressed in troy ounces (1 troy ounce = 1.097 avoirdupois ounce).
In most cultures gold is associated with riches, ruler ship and truth. We are still told that paper money is backed by gold.
Gold forms the centre of the economy, the throne and crown of the ruler are made of gold, the main day of the week is ruled by the golden Sun, and the Sun is the centre of our solar system. Gold carries its purity to the core.
Coagulation – Salt, Sun, Sunday, Heptad, Vitality, Samadhi, Kether, Ganymedes, Michael, Amethyst
P.S. For a peek into the past, I visited an exhibition of Traditional Alchemy, at the Science Museum in London. I learned a lot about how alchemists worked in the past, and have absorbed the information, and transmuted a leaden past into a golden present. Click on this image to see how it was achieved, back in the day...